Gastrointestinal Issues Linked With Anxiety, Social Withdrawal For Kids With Autism

Gastrointestinal issues linked with anxiety, social withdrawal for kids with autism

A new study found a 'bi-directional' relationship between gastrointestinal issues and internalized symptoms in children and adolescents with autism -- meaning the symptoms seem to be impacting each other simultaneously. The findings could influence future precision medicine research aimed at developing personalized treatments to ease pain for individuals with autism experiencing gastrointestinal issues.
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Micronutrients (vitamins + Minerals) Show Benefit For Children With ADHD And Emotional Dysregulation

Micronutrients (vitamins + minerals) show benefit for children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation

A study reports that children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation randomized to take a micronutrient formula were three times more likely to show symptomatic improvement on blinded clinician ratings, compared to those in the placebo group (54% versus 18%). The micronutrient formula, consisting of all known vitamins and essential minerals, was administered for eight weeks.
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Study: Economic Burden Of PTSD 'staggering'

Study: Economic burden of PTSD 'staggering'

A new study finds that the national economic burden of PTSD goes beyond direct health care expenses and exceeds the costs of other common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. The researchers estimated the cost of PTSD at $232.2 billion for 2018, the latest year for which data were available at the time of the study.
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Study Reviews COVID-related Hospital Visitation Limits And Family Stress

Study reviews COVID-related hospital visitation limits and family stress

Efforts by hospitals to protect people from COVID-19 by restricting them from visiting family members in ICUs may have contributed to a significant increase in stress-related disorders, according to new research. The study reports that nearly two-thirds of those restricted from visiting were suffering from stress-related disorders three months after their family member was hospitalized.
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When Severe Infection Causes Long-term Mood Disorders: A Promising Avenue To Prevent Mental Illness Following A Transient Infection

When severe infection causes long-term mood disorders: A promising avenue to prevent mental illness following a transient infection

Scientists used pharmacogenetic techniques to identify a dedicated neural circuit comprising the central nucleus of the amygdala and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. The activation of this circuit in the first few hours of sepsis induces anxious behavior two weeks after the infection has cleared. This behavior observed in mice mimics the post-traumatic stress disorder observed in patients recovering from sepsis.
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